5 ways you can practice self-care today

Woman sleeping peacefully
Woman sleeping peacefully

Once in a while it's important to slow down from our ever-busy lives and take some time out for self-care, which Psych Central defines as “any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health."

While spa days, luxury holidays, and solo lunch dates may be at the top of the list – they can be quite costly and not ideal for a person who is on a tight budget.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways a person can practice self-care without spending a cent!

Here are 5 self-care activities you can do for free:

Journal

According to Positive Psychology, adults benefit from journaling because it is a form of self-expression that can help to lift and empower a person so that they can understand their complex feelings and sometimes laugh about them.

They also suggests that journaling can improve one’s quality of life. Effective journaling can push one to meet their goals, boost their mood, enhance their sense of wellbeing and reduce symptoms of depression before an important event. And all you need is a pen and a paper.

 

Take a long, hot bath

Sometimes all you need after a long and stressful day is to sit and soak in a hot bubble bath. To make your time in the bathtub even more enjoyable, you can add in a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or eucalyptus. This, according to Essence, will not only make you feel relaxed but will also relieve any muscle pain you may experience and give you smoother skin.

 

Stretch for a few minutes

Our bodies are often put under a lot of strain as we go about our daily activities. Even for those who are working from home, the decrease in physical movement can become strenuous to our bodies which is why stretching is important.

Healthline suggests that people should engage in regular stretching at anytime of the day as it helps to reduce stress, increases flexibility, improves posture and can calm your mind.

 

Say "no" more often

We often find ourselves agreeing to help others out of kindness even if it may be an inconvenience to us; sometimes we agree to things even though we don’t feel like doing it.

However, getting into the habit of saying no is a good self-care practice. This can reduce anxiety or feelings of regret after doing something you don’t really want to do.

Catch up on sleep

According to Bustle, many people find it difficult to sleep soundly throughout the night. This can be caused by insomnia, stress and other things. However, once in a while it is good to catch up on some sleep so that your body and mind can get enough time to rest.

You can get more sleep by:
  • Going to sleep 15 minutes earlier each night until you reach your desired bedtime
  • Keeping electronics in a separate room
  • Taking power naps that are no longer than 20 minutes each day
  • Avoiding caffeine at night


 

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